Using Essential Oils in Pregnancy

Each person and their pregnancy is different, so this can only ever be a guideline. If you have a problematic pregnancy or a history of miscarriage or difficulties you would be best to avoid essential oils in massage oils and bath oils. For those with a normal pregnancy, please remember that a lot of the safety research is done on essential oils at high concentrations. Essential oils used to fragrance face creams and cosmetics are used in tiny amounts and are very unlikely to cause any problems.

Considered generally safe (from 3 months)

Anise
Bergamot
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Frankincense
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Lavandin
Lavender
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Mace
Mandarin
Neroli
Patchouli
Petitgrain
Roman chamomile
Rose otto
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Sweet orange
Tangerine
Tea tree
Yarrow
Ylang ylang

Mixed opinion (best to avoid if unsure)

Black pepper
Nutmeg
Peppermint
Rosemary

Avoid using in pregnancy

Angelica
Aniseed
Arnica
Basil
Birch (sweet)
Bitter almond
Boldo leaf
Broom
Buchu
Calamus
Camphor (brown or yellow)
Cassia
Cedarwood
Chamomile (in early stages)
Chervil
Cinnamon
Clary sage
Clove
Coriander
Costus
Deertongue
Elecampane
Fennel
Fir
Ginger
Horseradish
Hyssop
Jaborandi leaf
Jasmine
Juniper
Lemon
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Melilotus
Melissa
Mugwort
Mustard
Myrrh
Oregano
Origanum
Parsley (large doses)
Pennyroyal
Pine
Rue
Sage
Sassafras
Savin
Savory (Summer)
Southernwood
Stinging nettle
Tansy
Thuja
Thyme (large doses)
Tonka
Wintergreen
Wormseed
Wormwood

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